The morning dew still clung to the tall green grass as the 3rd and 4th grade class quietly follow Mrs. Lewis onto the field. A subtle reminder of God’s provision during this long dry spell. Their curious eyes watch Mrs. Lewis lay out two beautifully hand stitched blankets emblazoned with bright designs from Africa. They wonder what that funny black case their teacher was carrying could be.
“Mrs. Lewis, is that a guitar?” One student finally musters the courage to ask.
“Find a seat, try to squish in if you need to” Mrs. Lewis replies.
The squirly students began whispering among themselves. As Mrs. Lewis slowly strummed the guitar, she began with the reminder of the verse they were studying
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
The 3rd and 4th grade students are beginning a journey into the life and missionary work of Paul.
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God — the gospel He promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 1:1-6
The students eagerly raise their hands to engage in discussion about the verse in James.
They agree that God wants them to spread the gospel. He wants them to keep going when things get hard. He wants us to stretch and grow, and He promises to reward us in the life after this.
Mrs. Lewis explains to her students, that as we begin this new year, two thousand and fifteen years after our Savior literally walked this earth, we will keep our focus on Him and remind ourselves of the GOOD NEWS that his sacrifice brought us. We will begin this year in WORSHIP.
“Lord I lift your name on high
Lord I love to sing your praises!
I’m so glad your in my life
I’m so glad you came to save us!
You came from Heaven to Earth
To show the way
From Earth to the Cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift your name on high!”
Like this beautiful group of students, eager to spread the good news of Jesus, let us pause as we begin this new year and remember to worship and lift HIS Name on HIGH!